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arkei

Joined June 2021

💕 books, bujo, & coffee | 🔗 https://arkei.mataroa.blog | Pfp is Mocha—fave bear; CTTO. | Clearing feed clutter, muting hashtags ♬
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On Writing by Charles Bukowski
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Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
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Inkheart by Cornelia Caroline Funke
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An easy read that encourages a life lived to the fullest at the limited time it is granted to have. Facing your limited self can be freeing.

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Finally recovered enough to get back to reading again. First, must finish these #netgalley picks.

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★★★★
Juxtapose of reality and ideals, this book explores the life inside each characters, always balancing between living with what is expected and living with what is uncertain.

It turned out to be a good read when examined under the lens of race, power, and consequences. There's so much love too, but it wasn't what had me turning the page.

DrexEdit Glad to hear you ended up liking it! 😀 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit I'm thankful for the replies when I was considering bailing on it! I wasn't really curious about what led to that event—the whys of it are a bit predictable—but reading the replies made me interested in exploring other themes. Do you have some recommendations of books with similar themes but with different conflicts or a different approach? 7mo
DrexEdit The one book that occurs to me is Americanah by Chimamanada Ngozi Adichie. That might be one to try if you haven't read it yet. (edited) 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit Stacked. Thank you! 7mo
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All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles.

- Chapter 11

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Everything, she noticed, seemed capable of transmogrification. Even the two boulders in the backyard sometimes turned to silver in the early morning sunlight. In the books she read, every stream might be a river god, every tree a dryad in disguise, every old woman a powerful fairy, every pebble an enchanted soul. Anything had the potential to transform, and this, to her, seemed the true meaning of art.

- Chapter 13

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On chapter 13

Jealous of Mia's passion for photography... I've only had such attitude towards books—nothing I regret—and writing, but I wish I was drawn towards other creative pursuits at that early age.

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Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

The use of “they“ is sometimes throwing me off that I have to reread the paragraph again, but so far, the writing is familiar even though it is my first Yoon Ha Lee book.

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Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

But if wishes were wings, all the world would fly.

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Now here was this Mia, a completely different kind of woman leading a completely different life, who seemed to make her own rules with no apologies.

arkei Now here was “this“ Mia 🤨😬

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“Well, I‘d love to buy one,” Mrs. Richardson said. “In fact, I insist. If we don‘t support our artists, how can they create great work?”
“That‘s very generous of you.” Mia‘s eyes slid toward the window briefly, and Mrs. Richardson felt a twinge of irritation at this lukewarm response to her philanthropy.

arkei 😬 the haves vs have-nots, in a system where art is merely another opportunity to show how charitable you are 7mo
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“Being allowed to do something and knowing how to do it are not the same thing.”

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Rewrite a famous story from a different perspective. For example, retell The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the Wicked Witch.‘

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“Don‘t let the shallowness fool you,” Moody had told Pearl. “You know why she watches TV all afternoon? Because she can finish her homework in half an hour before bed. Like that.”

arkei I wish I could do that too. 7mo
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On Writing | Charles Bukowski

The world has had little Charles pretty much by the balls of late, and there isn‘t much writer left, Whit. So hearing from you was damned lovely.

- “[To Whit Burnett] April 27, 1947“

arkei 💔😢 7mo
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#QotD
(Thought I'd try this.)
Not really, 😅 Unless accompanied by illustrations like in manga/webtoon and other graphic novels.

arkei Oops tags didn't work. 👋🏽 @kathytrithardt 7mo
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Work! When her mother said it, it reeked of drudgery: waiting tables, washing dishes, cleaning floors. But for the Richardsons, it seemed noble: they did important things.

arkei This bothers me a lot. It seems to be a contradiction of an understanding presented earlier in the book that Mia's Work is her photography. Or should I take it as a sign that Pearl is changing? 7mo
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On Writing | Charles Bukowski

Picking this up, even though I have a lot of books opened already. 😅 I really need a nonfiction.

llcoolnate Interested to hear if it's a pick or not! 7mo
arkei 👍🏽 7mo
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Going to stick to using #Litsy on a mobile browser instead of its android app. Although it's nice to be able to upload images easily in the app, it sucks that featured posts & some muted hashtags still show up on the app feed. 😒

hannah-leeloo Thank you for the follow 7mo
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★★★★★
An evaluation on and of essays—form, purpose, and impact—that is enriching as that last beautiful poem one had a short encounter but remembers forever. Dillon also writes of his struggles and how reading and writing are ways to cope even when, at times, both are at the roots of the struggles.

Worth a reread for when one wanders.

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Inkheart | Cornelia Caroline Funke

‘Soon!‘
The word dropped like a stone into the silence.

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Inkheart | Cornelia Caroline Funke
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‘Word of honour – no crossed fingers?‘ Meggie looked him straight in the eye. She could always tell when Mo was lying, however hard he tried to hide it from her.

arkei I thought crossing your fingers means to hope or wish for things to come true. 🤔 7mo
arkei Original image is from https://unsplash.com/photos/QHuauUyXRt8 by Toa Heftiba. 7mo
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Inkheart | Cornelia Caroline Funke
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Stacks of books were piled high all over the house – not just arranged in neat rows on bookshelves, the way other people kept them, oh no! The books in Mo and Meggie‘s house were stacked under tables, on chairs, in the corners of the rooms. There were books in the kitchen and books in the lavatory. Books on the TV set and in the wardrobe, small piles of books, tall piles of books, books thick and thin, books old and new.

arkei Image from unsplash.com/@cristina_gottardi (edited) 7mo
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Inkheart | Cornelia Caroline Funke

Nothing chased nightmares away faster than the rustle of printed paper.

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Phoenix Extravagant | Yoon Ha Lee

Another #TBR for this month

😲 It's already July on my side of the world...

Looks like the fiction pile is heavier than my non-fiction pile this month ⚖️📖

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Inkheart | Cornelia Caroline Funke

Tomorrow's the day! Starting this with some buddies over at #booksandteabc discord. One chapter a day for me since I have other books I'm reading.

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Inkheart | Cornelia Caroline Funke

#TBR for July 2021, starting with tagged book.

Hopefully I can finish my June reads this week so I can start new ones. 🤞🏽😄

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★★★★★
A lovely collection. Considering the collection title symbolically—a man falling from a place of untouchable height and dominating visibility, there's this tension that rises up in every story as it focuses on women, their status and their relationship with what surrounds them. I love how each story began and how each took me to an evocative end.

arkei Emotions for each story

😲😟 : THE FUTURE LOOKS GOOD
🤔🙂 : WAR STORIES
😠🤨 : WILD
🙂 : LIGHT
😖 : SECOND CHANCES
😡🤬 : WINDFALLS
🤔🤨 : WHO WILL GREET YOU AT HOME
😞 : BUCHI‘S GIRLS
😱😢 : WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
🙌🏽😬 : GLORY
🤨 : WHAT IS A VOLCANO?
🙂😢 : REDEMPTION
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arkei #booksandteabc Small Stories 7mo
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“Five hundred thousand dollars, baby. That‘s my girl.”

- “Windfalls“

arkei This story 😠🤬💔😭 7mo
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...the literature of depression, disarray and the decay of ambition.

- “On melancholy“

arkei I'm struck by this phrase, especially that last bite: “decay of ambition“. It isn't death—a pointed end, but “decay“. Does this mean an inevitable sad ending or a chance to recover? Waste can be used as added material for a more fruitful work, right? 7mo
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Protestations of debilitating sloth are common among writers, and more frequent among prolific ones; Boswell and Johnson, for example, had many sympathetic chats about their shared reluctance to get out of bed and down to work.

- “On melancholy“

arkei Well, “debilitating sloth“ is not limited to writers & any “protestations“ to work is, of course, common to workers. Productivity, ugh 😑 7mo
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To bail or not? 😖🙈

DrexEdit I liked it. I don‘t know how far into,it you are tho. 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit Oh! I'm only three chapters in. How far am I from a dramatic confrontation/drama, if you remember any highlights? Also, what aspects of the story did you like? 7mo
LibrarianRyan I bailed on the show. Does that count? 7mo
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DrexEdit @arkei It was kind of a slow burn story that kept ratcheting up tension. I liked the multiple storylines and how they all fit together. It was also a great story about families (which I like) and how they function, or not, and the damage that can be done even when you believe you're doing the best thing for all involved. It also touches on mother/daughter themes and race/identity/assimilation. Not a lot of action, but a lot about relationships. 7mo
marleed I read this considerably prior to the limited series. If not for sn IRL bookclub, I wouldn‘t think about this… I was aware of the future casting while reading and noted Kerry Washington as Mia. Ohh, thought everyone else. Had they considered race/culture for Mia (and they didn‘t) they collectively thought Asian. I believe our whole bc discussion would be different if we were to read/discuss today. 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit That makes sense. I expected some drama outright. Maybe because of how it started. Thank you! 7mo
arkei @LibrarianRyan Not really... 😆 Adaptations are tricky. 7mo
arkei @marleed Better different? 7mo
arkei Thanks for your thoughts! ♥♥ For now, I'll continue reading this. I think I know how to approach this book now. 7mo
marleed @arkei I think not better or worse really just different. The way my bc read it at the time lead to great discussion but it was not a discussion centered on BLM, rather more team Elenor or team Mia. But reading the book following the series and the events of 2019-2020, I think we would have gone in an BLM discussion. Both good discussions. 7mo
arkei Oh, taking sides. So there really is a good scene somewhere in here. Thanks for your reply and talking about the book club experience, @marleed and sorry for my late response. 7mo
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The Witness for the Dead | Katherine Addison

🤩 Excited for this! Didn't know there'll be an extension of this world. I've read The Goblin Emperor years ago.

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Pushed to say what I value, what I love, in essays and essayists, I sometimes think it is nothing but style.
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What exactly do I mean, even, by ‘style‘? [...] As much in a person, in a body, as in prose: those people who can keep it together. ‘I like your style‘ means: I admire, dear human, what you have clawed back from sickness and pain and madness. I‘m a fan, too much a fan, of your rising above.

- “On Style“

arkei Style as “those people who can keep it together“: those well-put sentences—in my writing, they rarely exist. (edited) 7mo
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I listened with every atom and she animated the story with everything she had.

- “War Stories“

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“If you can‘t please the gods, trick them.”

- “Glory“

arkei Honestly, this collection is ♥ 7mo
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This is already my third attempt to continue this. I'm not certain why I'm experiencing some friction but the storytelling really isn't drawing me in. 🤷🏽

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What is “work“?
Me: something you are hired to do
Book:
• You may or may not be getting paid for it, but this is the stuff you “do.”
• When using the term “work,” we mean the broadest definition—not just what you do to make money or for “a job.” Work is often the largest single component of most people‘s waking lives, and over a lifetime it occupies more of our attention and energy than anything else we do.

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You have a wicked problem.
And that‘s a wonderful and exciting place to start.

arkei I'm going through some of my notes & highlights today.

This book was one of my reads last year that helped in maintaining some peace of mind. Especially that quote.
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★★★★
On race & privilege, on parenting & fertility, on writing & purpose, on lockdown & livelihood—it's a joy to have found a book that resonates the feelings & ideas that sparked, flickered, & ignited during a panic-stricken year. It may not be the best book that readers hoped it to be—one that opines & acts on every silent struggle—but it is one resounding voice, evidently lacking in relatable courses of action.

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Joining #booksandteabc happening on twitter & discord.

For 📖 Small Stories, I'm already reading a collection: What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah.

Check:
https://mobile.twitter.com/booksandteabc
https://northernplunder.com/2021-reading-challenge-books-and-tea/

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Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction till the flames die out.

- “Redemption“

arkei #TIL
• Till means the same thing as until.
• Till is not an abbreviation of until—it‘s actually older than until—and it should not be written with an apostrophe.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/until-till-til/

I thought it was wrong.
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Writing for me is the serial production of fragments that could be composed in a day or two. I would never have written anything if I had not hit upon this rhythm of invention and completion; it‘s what allows me, and perhaps many other writers too, to keep a killing anxiety at bay.

- “On anxiety“

arkei Pretty much the reason why I cannot stop writing. ♥ 7mo
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Imagine a type of writing so hard to define its very name should be something like: an effort, an attempt, a trial. Surmise or hazard, followed likely by failure.

- “On essays and essayists“

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#reading

And hello, Litsy! 👋🏽

night_shift Hello! Welcome to Litsy!! 7mo
arkei @UnidragonFrag Thank you! 7mo
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 7mo
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DrexEdit Hello! Welcome to Litsy! The tagged book is on my TBR. I will be interested to hear your thoughts about it! 😊 👍🌞 7mo
arkei @wanderinglynn Thank you! 👋🏽 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit Hi! So far, the stories are good. But I didn't read it in order—just went to the chapters that catch my interest. Title story is really emotional. Thanks! 7mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 7mo
arkei @Nute Thank you! 😊 7mo
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